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History Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about History are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

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Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

 

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon


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That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
- Dan Quayle

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

Never in the field of human conflict
was so much owed by so many to so few.
- Winston Churchill

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

What is history but a fable agreed upon?
- Napoleon Bonaparte

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
- Samuel Butler

I came, I saw, I conquered.
- Julius Caesar

Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man.
They die up to a point.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I'm the only person of distinction who has ever had
a depression named for him.
- Herbert Hoover

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government
results from too much government.
- Thomas Jefferson

A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable
and more dangerous for all of us.
- Margaret Thatcher

They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.
- James Stockdale

90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.
- Colin Powell

Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.
- Mao Tse-Tung

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
- Woodrow Wilson

History does not long entrust the care of freedom
to the weak or the timid.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
- H. L. Mencken

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely
only after they have exhausted all other alternatives.
- Abba Eban

You can't set a hen in one morning and have chicken salad for lunch.
- George M. Humphrey

The future has a way of arriving unannounced.
- George Will

This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
- Neil Armstrong

Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a
contribution to the advance of peace,
I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war.
- Douglas MacArthur

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.
- Evita Peron

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan;
you should wear it inside,
where it functions best.
- Margaret Thatcher

A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.
- George S. Patton

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read:
"President Can't Swim."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Time is my greatest enemy.
- Evita Peron

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long
gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic
societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.
- Jacques Chirac

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.
Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
- George Washington

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
- Richard M. Nixon

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution.
It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
- Vladimir Lenin

The claim "I was only following orders" has been used
to justify too many tragedies in our history.
- Captain Picard of the television series
STAR TREK: The Next Generation

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

The Russians feared Ike.
They didn't fear me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever
invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it.
- Irving R. Kaufman

Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the
core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana


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